Dan Koch, St. Helens

In 1995, the Oklahoma Federal building was bombed. 160 died including 19 children. How was it done? With fertilizer and diesel inside a truck.

Last year a guy in a truck in France ran over a holiday celebration killing 84 including 10 children and wounding 202 others. In Florida 17 kids were kill by another kid.

So different weapons were used to cause the same pain.

But what is the cause of this? Behind every weapon there is a person. In reality the killer is the first victim. But what is the real source of these killings? Jesus said in John 10:10 “The Thief (Satan) comes only to steal and to kill and destroy.”

First Satan steals truth and peace from our hearts and replaces it with fear and hatred. It causes people to want to kill those they believe they have been harmed by. They seek to kill because of the lie placed in their heart. The killing not only destroys the victims, secondary victims such as family and places fear in others hearts. This fear, which then can our destroy nation if we give into it. They seek to find a common enemy. Something they can go after something they make out to be the problem.

The problem is not fertilizer, trucks or guns as they more often are used for good rather than evil. Thessalonians 5:3 says “While they are saying Peace and Safety then destruction will come upon them.” Those who put their faith in rules and regulations to save them will be sadly disappointed.

Jesus further wrote in John 10:10 “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” Did you catch the “may” word in there. It requires your acceptance of who Jesus is.

Romans 10: 9 says ”that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” Saved from your fears and anxieties.

On the other hand if you give into Satan everything you hope for is open to theft. Put your hope in God not in any control measure that appears to, but falsely promise safety like Oregon ballot measure 43. I ask you to think back to the Clackamas Town Center shooting.

I want you to think about the part the media tries to bury, how it ended. There was a young man with a concealed handgun permit and a 15 shot glock, which measure 43 would outlaw on his hip. He drew his weapon, but when he did not have a safe shot he stopped. The killer stopped shooting, fled and shot himself. It could have been 20 or thirty dead if it was not for a brave young man with a glock.

If measure 43 becomes law this hero would be a felon subject to 10 years in prison and a quarter million dollar fine. Can you find the justice in that? 

Always remember the Second amendment was written because the founding fathers new the First amendment would never survive without it. The first amendment that gives Freedom of religion freedom of speech, press the right to peacefully assemble and petition the government for redress of grievances.

Those who protest for the removal of guns are pleading for all their freedoms to be removed.

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